The Bible Orthodox Christians gain strength for our journey of faith through daily reading of the Scriptures. The Orthodox Study Bible is an invaluable tool, as it gives commentary from saints of the Church and explanation of Orthodox practices and traditions.
The Old Testament shows us the consequence of our sins in a very clear way. The New Testament shows us more clearly the way of escape from our sins. The laws of the Old Testament are so harsh because God is dealing with a hardhearted people. The New Testament is the story of how God is going after the root issue, the human heart.
The Old Testament shows the character of God interacting with His people over millennia. He is giving, jealous, forgiving, loving, and holy. The Old Testament shows His patience, His plan, and His personality. It presents a stunning, four-thousand-year-long illustration of the unfaithfulness of man and our desperate need for a Savior.
Those who forsake studying the Old Testament are greatly missing out. Jesus relied on quoting from the Old Testament to provide His defense as He was being tempted by Satan. He referred to the prophet Jonah being three days in the belly of a whale to teach about the Resurrection .
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